Knowledge & Research

The Green New Deal and AOC

America should consider how to harness the earnestness of the Green New Deal—a resolution regarding climate change submitted by newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—without wreaking economic havoc.A...

Mar 11, 2019

Whither Globalization and Work?

The future of work in the face of globalization remains unknown. But the best way to equip workers for whatever globalization might render is by investing in their human capital,...

Feb 11, 2019

The New Year’s Upside of Falling Life Expectancy

For the third consecutive year, life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen.Welcome to the first full week of 2019. We hope you enjoyed some end-of-year rest and good cheer....

Jan 07, 2019

Where Is There Hope for a Kinder and Gentler Nation? In Prison.

The First Step Act, which sits before the U.S. Senate, would create more opportunities for rehabilitation in federal prisons.The world is rightly mourning the passing last Friday of...

Dec 03, 2018

How to Save Globalization

When it comes to globalization, building a lifelong ladder of opportunity for all citizens is imperative, say Slaughter and Rees.Here in the United States, next Tuesday, November 6, is Election...

Nov 01, 2018

Happy Fiscal New Year. And a Stormy One, Too.

"Fiscal 2018 was in many ways a disaster for the fiscal health of America—today and in the future," say Slaughter and Rees. Here in the United States, October 1 marks an...

Oct 02, 2018

The Economic Guns of September

The United States and China are on the brink of a major trade war. Here are three principles that should guide U.S. policy leaders’ statecraft at this precarious time...

Sep 04, 2018

Time for a Myspace Comeback?

It is no longer clear that users of Facebook benefit as they once thought they did—could there be a better way? Dean Matthew Slaughter and economist Matthew Rees weigh...

Apr 09, 2018

War and Peace

The President recently tweeted that trade wars are good and winnable. Slaughter & Rees argue that no country wins in a trade war.We your correspondents intended this March missive to...

Mar 05, 2018

Watch Policies, Not Performance

It is easier for government and policy leaders to implement pro-productivity policies in boom times.With the first month of 2018 now in the books, the world economy is turning in...

Feb 01, 2018

How to Select the World’s Most Important Economic Policy Maker

Economists Slaughter and Rees opine that for the next chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board, the president must nominate the candidate who exhibits the greatest capacity to learn.Sometime this...

Oct 30, 2017

The Ambivalent Median Household

The state of the median household in 2016, both in terms of income and net worth, was a glass half full and half empty: full relative to the recent past, empty...

Oct 02, 2017

The Only Thing That Could Salvage the Trump Presidency

"In the strongest organizations, employees trust each other: their motivations, their strengths and weaknesses, and their intentions," say two former White House employees. We two Matts have both worked in...

Jul 31, 2017

Who Is the Most Powerful of All?

While the U.S. is still perceived as the number one economic power in the world, the Pew Research Center finds that other nations, namely China, are gaining ground.Economic...

Jul 25, 2017

There Are Not Plenty More Fish in the Sea

With many of the planet’s fish populations at or approaching “biologically unsustainable levels” an intergovernmental mechanism that induces fishermen to internalize the harm they do by overfishing is needed...

Jul 17, 2017

India’s Tryst with Revolutionary Tax Reform

On July 1, India’s famously labyrinthine tax code was scrapped for a much simpler one that may unleash enormous potential. Among the seminal moments in India’s economic history,...

Jul 03, 2017

The Global Economy and Domestic Jobs

"Leaders in Washington should base their policy ideas on data and research, not anecdotes and assertions," say Slaughter & Rees.Since his earliest days, President Trump has voiced a widely shared...

Jun 19, 2017

The Paradox of Dynamism

Economic dynamism has historically brought an upward spiral of growth in productivity, opportunity, and thus incomes, but in the U.S., dynamism is fading. We live in an era of...

May 30, 2017